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Barrow Boss Talks About the Cup Tie

BARROW Raiders might be an “unknown quantity” — Matt Diskin’s description — but their chairman, Steve Neale, has assured Raiders fans that the whole club is determined to battle every inch of the way in their first-round Challenge Cup tie at Bower Fold.

Roughyeds have won their last 16 home games against the Furness men who, amazingly, haven’t won at Oldham since a 15-8 Slalom Lager Championship victory at Watersheddings way back on February 1, 1981.

Friendlies apart, Barrow have won four of the last ten meetings, all at Craven Park, while Oldham have won four at home and two away.

History points to another Oldham triumph in Barrow’s first-ever game at Bower Fold, but chairman Neale says his Raiders are more than capable of ending a 40-year blank in away games against Oldham.

In his weekly column in the Barrow evening paper, The Evening Mail, he told Raiders fans:

“We have our sights set firmly on the Oldham fixture.”With no warm-up games it is hard to gauge where we are in preparation, but if hard work is a guide the players should be fine.

“There is a determination in the camp to have a successful season and getting a cup run would be great preparation for the league campaign.”

Urging fans to sign up to Our League and to pay to watch the live streaming of the tie, he went on:

“A couple of pre-season friendlies were streamed last week (one being Oldham v Halifax Panthers) and from all reports the standard of production was very high.

“The RFL is not taking any revenue from the subscriptions with all the money coming back to the clubs.

“Our tie with Oldham already has a higher number of subscribers compared with some of the other cup fixtures and that could be a vital return for us in the absence of shared gate receipts.”

Oldham season-ticket holders can watch for free. The fee of £4.95 for everyone else ended at midnight, but anyone can organise viewing for a subscription of £10 up to the 12.45pm kick-off time.


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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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